SUPPORTING BLACK & AFRICAN FEMALE TECH FOUNDERS
to giving back led to the launch of The Future is Female PR Mentorship Program in 2020 for African & Black women founders.
The inaugural edition of the program was launched on Africa Day in 2020, when businesses worldwide were reeling from the effects of the global pandemic. CMM’s vision was to create a complimentary program to support the most vulnerable businesses, such as early-stage startups led by African female tech founders.
The program is complimentary to ensure no entry barriers for any African female founder who wanted to apply. The initiative received incredible feedback from the African tech ecosystem. Just under 140 applications were received from 18 African countries, with 12 finalists selected to participate in the virtual three-month program.
The program received positive feedback from the African tech scene, with African tech media such as Disrupt Africa, Techcabal, and Venture Burn, covering the program and the selected mentees. In addition, the global PR industry also recognized the program, as the initiative was the first PR and communications mentorship program dedicated exclusively to African tech female founders.
In the second edition of the mentorship program, CMM is expanding the program with an increase in the cohort of selected African female founders from 12 to 25. The second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program will provide 25 African female tech founders of early-stage startups with the PR and communications insights, knowledge, and skills needed to gain visibility, grow their business, and learn how to build relationships with key media. It is aimed at African women based on the continent or in the diaspora and are launching or growing a tech business for African markets or serving Africans in the diaspora.